HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

by Inspection Connection, Inc.


If you are considering purchasing a home, it is important to learn as much as possible about the condition of the property. The following checklist will assist you in collecting pertinent information. Simply print the form and take it with you when you view the property.

Note: This step is a necessary part of the home inspection process. Doing it early will save you time and will prepare you to more actively participate in the home inspection tour. However, this checklist should not be considered an alternative to a home inspection. Home inspections should be performed by an experienced, qualified home inspector.

 


 

Home inspection checklist:
 

1. How long has the current homeowner lived in the home?___________
 
 

2. Age of home_________
 
 

3. If property is a condominium or planned development, what areas are
the responsibility of the Association? Roof, Attic, Basement, Foundation,
Heating, Cooling, Water Supply, Sewage, External Walls, Walkways,
Driveway, Deck, Balcony, Porch, Pool, Fences, Sprinklers, etc.
 
 

NOTES:

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5. Does the property have a basement?_______Crawl Space?__________

 Any water penetration?_______ (look for active water penetration or

water stains, inquire) __________________________________________

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6. Does the property have public water?______ Private

 well?_______

 If private well, ask for location:_________________________________

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 Distance from septic (if applicable)? _____________________________

 Chlorinated or non-chlorinated?__________ How deep? _____________

 Age of pump?_________ Check pressure gauge on tank. Is it

 operating?___________
 
 

7. Is there any water from a second source? (second well, public

 water, etc.)__________________________________________________
 
 

8. Is there an abandoned well on the property?_______________________

 If so, has it been legally abandoned? Did the procedure meet

 local, county and state requirements?______________________________

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9. Is the property on a public sewage system?________ Does it have a

private septic system?________ If private, what type of system?

TANK & LEACH FIELD - CESSPOOL - AERATOR (with

 optional tank)

 What is the location?____________________________________________

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 Age?____________ When was the tank last pumped?__________________

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 How many people currently use the system? _________________________

 Is the septic tank metal or concrete?________________________________

 Does it have an above-ground access hatch?__________________________

 (septic system cont.)

 Have there been any repairs or modifications to the system?

 If so, ask homeowner to explain ___________________

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 Were the necessary permits obtained?_______________________________

 Who did the work? Private/City/County_____________________________

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10. Does any portion of the waste water go to a location other

than the septic system? Ask homeowner to explain______________________

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11. Air conditioning: Is there more than one unit?______________________

 When was the last time the unit was serviced?_________________________

 Age?________________ Warranty?______________

 Have there been any problems with the A/C?_________________________

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12. Heating: Is the heating source GAS/ELECTRIC/OIL/WOOD/SOLAR

 When was the last time the unit was serviced?_________________________

 Age?________________ Warranty?______________

 Any problems?_________________________________________________

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13. Water Heater: Age?______________ GAS/ELECTRIC/SOLAR/OIL

 Have there been any problems with the water heater?__________________

 Explain_______________________________________________________

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14. Is there an underground oil storage tank?_________________________

 If so, who provides the oil?_______________ PH#___________________

 Who services the burner?____________________ PH#________________

 Have there been any problems with the tank?________________________

 Ask homeowner to explain_______________________________________

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15. Fireplace/Wood burning stove: When was the flue last cleaned?

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16. Roof: What is the age of the roof?_______________ Have there

 been any repairs?_______________________________________________

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Has there been any water penetration, past or present?_______

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17. Have there been any major additions/modifications to the home?

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 Were permits issued?____________________________________________
 
 

18. Is the homeowner aware of any lead in the paint or water, or

 materials containing asbestos or urea-formaldehyde (UFFI) in

 the home?_____________________________________________________

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19. Is the home currently under contract with a Termite/Pest

Control Co.?_______Name__________________PH#__________________

 Have there been problems with past or present infestation?______

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20. Is the homeowner aware of any structural problems? ________________

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 Have there been any structural repairs?______________________________

 If so, who performed the work? ___________________________________

 ___________________ PH#_________________Look for cracks in ceiling,

walls, floors ____________________________________________________

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